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e were delighted to see so many people attend our community local food market


day event at the Henderson Hall on Saturday morning, September 17. During the hour-and-a-half, more than 150


people wandered round the 12 tables, choosing from a colourful array of home grown/produced food. It was a local fayre feast, complemented by the Celtic Scottish harp and recorder duets performed by two local musicians. It was an atmosphere to enjoy and a pleasure


to see people chatting, drinking tea, laughing and making connections with others. In seeing this and hearing comments like


―wow, we should do this more often‖, it deepened my conviction that supermarkets have transformed food gathering. It has gone from being a social opportunity to a


frantic dash up the regimented aisles in which we are encouraged to buy, queue up at the till and go with as little communication as possible to divert us from our busy schedules. The problem, as I see it, is in removing the


social element from our food purchasing we deprive ourselves of the joy of what we have collectively created in our community. Food is not just something we put in our bodies


to keep us breathing, it is a profound means by which we connect with each other and deserves to be afforded the respect that a community market gives it. Those taking part to raise funds on the day included St Lawrence Church, the Gardening


Society, Simon E a s t B u t c h e r s , Watford New Hope Trust ( m a r k e t garden), the Luna Petagine C amp a i g n , Kings Langley Country Market (who hold a weekly market every Thursday from 10am to 12pm at Oddfellow Hall, High Street) and Abbots Langley and Breakspeare Schools. All were pleased with the funds raised and


keen to take part again. Every person to whom I asked the question


―Would you make use of a local food/goods community market in Abbots Langley?‖ answered with an emphatic ―yes‖. We would welcome your comments also as we


consider whether Abbots in Transition should help to create one. You can offer your comments through the


―Food‖ forum on our website, www.altta.org.uk (and then click ―forum‖). Or if you prefer to write, please send letters to


Ian Bond, 9 Jacketts Field, Abbots Langley. You can also call 01923 291273. In seeking to


respond to resource depletion we must seriously think about the viability of our current food systems. We look forward to hearing from you.


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